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December 12, 2011 16:26 ET

Ministers Peter Penashue and Yvon Vallieres Hold First Bilateral Meeting

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) -

Editors' note: A photo is associated with this press release.

Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, and his counterpart Yvon Vallières, Quebec's Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie, and Minister responsible for the Reform of Democratic Institutions and Access to Information, met today in Ottawa.

"It was a pleasure to host Minister Vallières here in Ottawa, to congratulate him in person on his appointment to this important portfolio" said Minister Penashue. "Our meeting today was helpful in identifying areas for potential collaboration moving forward and mutual goals."

This first meeting since the appointment of Minister Vallières to the intergovernmental file builds on the continued commitment to open dialogue between the federal government and the government of Quebec on the important issues facing Canada and Quebec.

Minister Vallières said that this first bilateral meeting since his appointment allowed for a constructive dialogue with Minister Penashue. "We had a useful meeting that allowed us to discuss the priorities of Quebec. We also agreed that we will meet in the near future so we can examine certain files of common interest in further detail," said the minister.

The photo associated with this press release is available at the following address: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20111212-vallieres-800.jpg

Contact Information

  • Cory Hann, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
    and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
    613-943-1838

    Gabrielle Tellier, Press Secretary
    Office of Minister responsible for Canadian
    Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian
    Francophonie and Minister responsible for
    the Reform of Democratic Institutions
    and Access to Information: 418-646-5950